Archive for 2013

May 16, 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3 (NRSV)


Congratulations to Brent Good, lecturer in art, his wife Susan and big brother Earl, as they welcomed the newest member of their family. Just in time for finals, Jasper William was born May 10, weighing 7 lb., 14 oz. and measuring 20.75 inches. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day 2013.

William Stowman, professor of music, served as guest soloist with the Hershey High School Wind Ensemble at their annual Spring Concert on May 8. Bill performed Robert Russell Bennett’s “Rose Variations for Cornet and Band.” The invitation to perform came from Hershey Director of Bands Richard Miller who oversees both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at the school.

Messiah 411

Give Local…Impact Global 

As a Messiah alum and employee now for more than half of my life, I have deep roots at Messiah. But I give to the Annual Fund out of more than emotional ties or nostalgic ties to yesteryear. I give because I have witnessed firsthand the impact that the Messiah College community has on students. Whether it has been through athletics, missions, the arts, general education, major courses or informal conversations with peers, educators or staff members, the impact of the Messiah community is revealed in the good work of our graduates who are salt and light in their respective communities. I will continue to give to Messiah College as an employee because I want to provide student aid to the next generation of students so that they are given similar opportunities to the ones that I was given. When students are given the opportunity to cross the tracks or the breeches to attend Messiah College, they leave changed, and they leave as servant-leaders that build the Kingdom in their communities. Join me in continuing this legacy through the employee payroll deduction option of supporting the Annual Fund.
Rob Pepper, director of graduate enrollment and student services

Commencement schedule and parking for employees

Commencement Schedule
The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 Commencement weekend schedule of events for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at, including helpful details on Baccalaureate, event tickets and inclement weather plans. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the President’s Office. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or . Thank you to all campus employees who have been planning and working for the past several months to make Commencement a wonderful experience for graduates and their families.

Baccalaureate Parking
Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.  Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site at for details. The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service will not be provided Friday evening.) To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753.

Commencement Parking
For Commencement day, members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus in order to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day. A shuttle service will transport all other guests between their parking areas and the athletic complex both before and after the Commencement ceremony. Special transportation, however, will be available for those guests requiring assistance between the shuttle drop point and the ceremony site.

Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, all employees are asked to arrive on campus early (prior to 8:15 a.m.) in order to alleviate being stuck in traffic and to help ensure they are directed to the reserved parking areas on campus. Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753.

Health insurance coverage change effective July 1

Effective July 1, Messiah College will be switching our health insurance provider from Capital Blue Cross to Health America. This change has been reviewed with employees at several benefits meeting over the past few weeks. If you would like to review the list of Health America participating providers, a brochure outlining that process is attached. If you did not attend a meeting, but would like information regarding Health America, please stop by Su Deitch’s office in Old Main room 203 to pick up a packet.

Oakes Museum celebrating Museum Education Day 

Happy Museum Education Day from the Oakes Museum of Natural History! We would like to take this opportunity to share with you what has been happening in the last year (May 2012 – April 2013) at the Oakes Museum of Natural History. Please see attachment for complete information.

Theatre Summer Academy applications accepted 

The Messiah College Summer Theatre Academy is accepting applications for students entering fifth through 12th grade. This three-week program begins July 8 and ends July 28. Morning classes in acting, dance, scenic construction and design are followed by afternoon rehearsals for two fully mounted productions. There is a significant discount for children of Messiah College employees and for sibling groups. Please contact Valerie Rae Smith for more details at

Important information regarding campus access week of May 20

During the week of May 20 (depending on weather) facility services will be working with several contractors to replace a water main underground pipe that serves the Campus Center (both ECC and SSC). It is necessary to replace this water line to provide a permanent solution to the patch that was put on it last fall when the water line broke, causing the loss of water to the Campus Center. This will involve closing College Avenue near the North Entrance to campus. In addition, College Avenue from the North Entrance to the South Entrance and Creekside Drive from the South Entrance to the crosswalk that leads to the Covered Bridge will be repaved.  

During the week of May 20, it will be very important for staff to know where they can park and which parking areas must be vacated for the paving. TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND ENTRANCE AVAILABILITY WILL CHANGE DAILY. Cars that are left in parking areas that are closed for these projects will need to be towed at the owner’s expense and risk. Please carefully read the information below concerning central campus access during the week of May 20. See attachments for detailed maps that show what areas are closed and where staff can park during the specific days of the week. We expect that Thursday, May 23 will be the most disruptive day for driving to and accessing central campus, including the loading dock that serves the Campus Center. It will be important that all vehicles are moved from the central campus parking lots ( TT, VV, ZZ, YY) before 5:30 a.m. on May 23.

If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please call facility services at ext. 6011. If you expect guests to campus during the week of May 20, please communicate with them where to park and what areas should be avoided. See attached documents for a day-to-day breakdown for the work. Additional information with updates will be shared by mass email each day that will communicate any changes that are necessary to the plan because of inclement weather or unexpected contractor related problems that affect the schedule.

May 20 through May 29 paving and parking schedule for central campus

Monday, May 20: College Avenue/central campus open by using the South Entrance. Water line work near the North Entrance will involve excavation across College Avenue. All parking (TT and ZZ lots) on College Avenue will be closed. The TT lot at Sollenberger and the rear of the Campus Center will be open and accessible by using the North Entrance to campus. Creekside Drive will be closed in the area behind the High Center for a few hours early on Monday morning for milling and sweeping operations.

Tuesday, May 21: Water line work continues on College Avenue in the area of the TT lot entrance near the Sports Center. Access to central campus will be from the South Entrance. The TT lot at  Sollenberger and the rear of the Campus Center will be open and accessible by using the North Entrance to campus.

Wednesday, May 22: Paving of the High Center Parking lot ZZ lot in front of the High Center will be closed. Water line work continues. Access to Central Campus using South Entrance.

Wednesday, May 22: Water line work moves from College Avenue into the TT lot on the side of  Sollenberger Sports Center. Portions of the TT lot will be closed in the area of the North Entrance. Access to central campus very limited. Staff/visitors will be encouraged to park in the Jordon lot; the lot behind the Library; Creekside, or Starry.

Thursday, May 23: College Avenue and Central Campus closed from the North and South Entrance. All parking for Old Main/Central Campus; including Chapel, Library, ECC, SSC, Hoffman, Boyer, etc. MUST be on Creekside (XX lot), Starry, Jordon (WW lot), behind the Library (XX lot), or around Residence Hall areas. Parking areas will be accessible from the South Entrance to Creekside Drive. Overflow parking will be available in the Pit parking lots if necessary.

Friday, May 24: South Entrance and Creekside Drive will be closed from the South Entrance to the area north of the Covered Bridge access. All parking for Starry will be in the Treona lot accessed by using North Grantham Road. College Avenue will be open from the North Entrance to Central Campus, however no parking will be allowed on College Avenue. Parking will be available in the Visitors Parking lot (VV lot) the central campus parking lot (YY lot) and the ZZ lot behind Old Main. The TT lot behind Sollenberger Sports Center and the back of the Campus Center will be open as well.

Saturday, May 25: All roads open. Central campus access fully regained. Still no parking on College Avenue.

Wednesday, May 29: Parking reopens on College Ave. and everything is back to normal.

The Alumni Office hits the road for Falcon Nation 2013

22 days. 16 cities. 3,500 miles….Hundreds of alums.

The Messiah College Alumni Office is hitting the road again to bring a piece of Messiah College to our alumni far and wide. The Falcon Nation roadtrip will take place from June 6-27, 2013. The tour will leave from Grantham, Pa. and visit 16 of our most highly populated alumni cities.  To learn more about the tour, events and registration, visit Questions? E-mail

Payroll office to adjust hours for department training May 21-22

The payroll office will be closed for departmental training on Tuesday, May 21 from 8 – 11:15 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 22 from 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Learning Technology Services makes update on Canvas

Learning Technology Services is excited to move forward with the transition to Canvas. This is an update on the planning processes associated with the implementation of Canvas. Follow our website for Canvas Information. We are updating this website on a daily basis, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly.

You will find a list of benchmark dates. It is important to remember that, in the implementation process, unexpected delays may occur. It is our goal to make courses available at the earliest opportunity without compromising the quality of the implementation process. Please remain aware that these dates are subject to change depending on unforeseen circumstances. Should that occur, we will do our best to keep you informed. You will also find an FAQ page where there is space for you to submit additional questions.

2013 Performance Award Recipients announced 

The following employees received performance awards at last week’s recognition reception.

The Pride in Performance Award is given to individuals in recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance. This year’s recipients are Jonathan Bert, Bob Felix, Bob Brown, Lew Gladfelter, Marilyn Donelson, Lori Zimmerman 

The President’s Award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. This award went to            Donna Fink and Mark Wirtz 

The Team Falcon Award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals. The inaugural recipients are the members of the Intercultural Office Tatiana Diaz, Wendy Lippert, Sheryl Ezbiansky, Faith Minnich, Gina Hale, Kevin Villegas 

Please join us in congratulating these employees on their significant contributions to the College!


Positions available:

Director of Web Communications — The office of marketing and communications has an immediate opening for the position of director of web communications. This  is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible to develop and maintain an exceptional web presence for Messiah College that helps achieve its strategic institutional goals. This position oversees the day-to-day staffing and operations  of the College’s externally facing website, including: the creation and layout of new websites in the College’s content management system; meeting with on-campus clients to assess and meet their web project needs; ensuring consistently applied design standards and guidelines; and providing training, resources and assistance to campus clients for their own website development. This position is also responsible for the development of innovative and creative web-based communications tools, assisting the College in identifying and executing new web strategies, initiatives and technologies, managing comprehensive web communication projects and serving as a primary liaison with ITS for clients’ broader web technology needs. This position serves on the Marketing and Communications Cabinet, as well as various institutional technology committees. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing, public relations or related field with considerable emphasis in web design/management. Master’s degree in related field preferred. A minimum five years of experience in web design/management and website operations and authoring is also required. Experience in marketing or communications and direct personnel supervisory experience preferred. Higher education experience is a plus. Other requirements include proven experience in current web technology including HTML, CSS, XML, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Photoshop, Adobe CS5 and/or  CS6; Web 2.0 and social networking tools; databases, word processing, spreadsheet, groupware products, Google analytics; working knowledge of search engine marketing/web site optimization; RSS; blog tools; usability testing and tools; ADA compliance; podcasting and videocasting; web servers; HTML email tools; understanding of JavaScript, e-commerce, server side scripting, Macintosh platform, content management systems (knowledge of Jadu, the College’s CMS is a plus); PHP; familiarity with distance learning technologies, PHP, MySQL; proven ability to generate, analyze and interpret web metrics to inform strategic decision making; must have excellent project management, planning and prioritization skills; and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under deadlines. Must have excellent written and verbal communication and customer service skills; ability to develop positive working relationships with a broad range of internal and external audiences and leverage resources and gain cooperation across multiple departments; must be a creative problem solver and have ability to think and work strategically and collaboratively; and have excellent team building skills. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015,  Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website.  A detailed job description is available here. Application materials are strongly preferred by May 28, however they will be accepted until the position is filled. Job-related questions may be directed to Carla Gross, director of marketing and communications, at

Graduate Programs Marketing Coordinator, Part-Time — The office of marketing and communications has an immediate opening for the position of graduate programs marketing coordinator. This is a part-time (20 hours-per-week), 12-month, administrative position. This position supports the College’s graduate-level programs by researching/creating content for print and digital marketing communications; managing marketing and research projects; managing and tracking search engine marketing campaigns; and reviewing/integrating marketing analytics to ensure data-driven decision making and strategy. Education and experince required includes a bachelor’s degree in marketing, PR, communications or related field. Three to five years professional organizational/marketing communications experience required—including experience working in both print and digital media. Experience with photography, videography preferred. Other requirements include proven proficiency and experience in writing, editing, proofreading and interviewing/researching; demonstrated versatile, adaptable writing styles; creativity; demonstrated familiarity of social media and Web 2.0 communications; strong communication and interpersonal skills; excellent  time management skills; proven organizational and planning skills; demonstrated attention to details and accuracy; ability to work independently and also with diverse groups of people; basic photography and/or videography experience as well as some knowledge of basic printing and paper terminology and processes preferred; and familiarity with Messiah College strongly preferred. To apply, submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, two published writing samples; statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available here. Application materials are strongly preferred by May 28, however, they will be accepted until the position is filled. Job-related questions may be directed to Carla Gross, director of marketing and communications at

Programmer/Analyst — The department of ITS has an immediate opening for the position of programmer/analyst. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. This position is responsible for analyzing user needs and software requirements, review of available options, support for third party software solutions and the creation and maintenance of server-based applications. Also is responsible for end-user support. This position supports the office of financial aid. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in computer science and two years of experience in structured application development. Other requirements include strong analytical and problem solving skills; effective communication skills including active listening, verbal and written communication skills; expert knowledge of data bases, data base and server-based applications; expert knowledge of PC and web-based application development environments; experience with Oracle products preferred; customer service focus; ability to effectively respond to users’ system support needs; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; and strong attention to detail. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. A detailed job description is available at here. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position has been filled.  Job-related questions should be directed to John Luft, director of information services, at


Three-ring binders — The department of procurement has free three-ring binders of many sizes and colors available on a first-come first-served basis. The binders are in great condition. Some are imprinted with supplier logos and others are plain. Stop by Hoffman 304 to check them out. Please call procurement at ext. 6010 with questions.

For sale:

Lego set – Harry Potter, Escape from Privet Drive #4728 (rare and retired). Set in good condition, includes instruction manual, no box. $45. Contact for photos and more information. 

Mauve fabric computer/office chair — $25 or best offer; Dark-stain pine entertainment center with shelving — 36 in. high × 32 in. wide x 20 in. deep. Includes side storage for CDs. Minor damage from move. $50 or best offer; Dell 3100cn color laser printer — Extra toner cartridges included; $100 or best offer. Contact Bob Feil at ext. 2366 or

Outside organization announcements:

Hosta Hideaway Open for Season: The Hosta Hideaway offers a large selection of hostas and other shade perennials for your garden. This year’s open house is May 17 and 18. Please see flyer for more information.